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Local students win scholarships from Distinguished Young Women of Cerritos-Artesia

May 30, 2017

High school students from local schools were recently awarded scholarships at the Distinguished Young Women (DYW) of Cerritos-Artesia event held at Whitney High School's Grace Hu Auditorium.

Twenty-three high school juniors from Artesia, Cerritos, Gahr and Whitney high schools competed for scholarships in five categories: talent, self-expression, scholastics, fitness and interview. The DYW committee awarded $9,500 in scholarships and more than $10,000 in products and services to participants.

Gahr High School student Anna Park was named the 2018 Distinguished Young Woman of Cerritos-Artesia WEST and awarded $1,950. Cerritos High School student Umeesha Dalwis was chosen as the 2018 Distinguished Young Woman of Cerritos-Artesia EAST and awarded $1,950. The 2018 Alternate DYW of Cerritos-Artesia is Whitney High student Michelle Hyun, who received $1,400.

Parks and Dalwis will participate in the California State Program to be held in Bakersfield in July.

Other winners include Whitney High School student Anjli Gandhi, who was awarded $750 in the Talent category. Cerritos High student Lauren Waites won $975 for the Interview category. The winner of the Scholastics category's $975 prize is Patricia Ku from Cerritos High School. Fellow Cerritos High student Alina Das received $550 in the Fitness category.

Park won the Self-Expression category's $550 prize. Hyun, named The Spirit of DYW winner, received $450.

Founded in 1958 in Mobile, Alabama, DYW is the largest and oldest national scholarship program for high school girls. During nearly 60 years of operation, the program has provided life-changing experiences for more than 745,000 young women.

Scholarship amounts have steadily increased with support from the City of Cerritos, Soroptimist International of Artesia-Cerritos, Woman's Club of Artesia-Cerritos and M.S. International, Inc.

For more information, visit the local DYW website at or contact DYW Chair Sophia Tse at (562) 607-1871.


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